Where to hunt Mountain Reedbuck
The smallest of the Reedbuck species, deriving its name from its fulvous red colour is found in isolated pockets with suitable mountainous habitat. Often seen grazing or resting amongst the rocks of the mountain slopes, making full use of their camouflage to blend in with their surroundings. In the open grasslands of the Eastern Cape territories of South Africa, where they are prolific, they are found in herds of up to 25-30 animals. In the Limpopo region of South Africa, they occur in smaller family units in the more wooded areas. These animals can be hunted throughout South Africa. The other subspecies, Chanler’s Mountain Reedbuck can be hunted in Ethiopia, Eastern Uganda and Northern Tanzania. The Western Mountain Reedbuck of Cameroon may no longer be hunted.
This is a commonly hunted species in South Africa with trophy fees ranging from $600-$950 depending on the availability of suitable habitat in the territory. Trophy fees vary significantly according to individual territories due to abundance or lack thereof. The daily rates for these territories range from $350-$450 per day. Being a regionally common species, Mountain Reedbuck are often included in package deals in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo. Hunting opportunities for Mountain Reedbuck in Tanzania and Cameroon are difficult to find.
When to hunt Mountain Reedbuck?
Mountain Reedbuck may be hunted all year round In South Africa. The best months for hunting this species in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Freestate and Mpumalanga provinces is from May until August when they are often found sunning themselves from the winter's chill in the early morning sun. In Limpopo, Northwest, Northern Cape and Western Cape Provinces you want to hunt as late as possible in the season, from August to November as these animals need to drink on a regular basis and will move down the mountain to the more exposed artificial waterholes at the base of the hills and mountains.
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If you are hunting in a hilly grassland area you need to spend time glassing the rocky slopes of the mountains. Often, it’s just a little movement that will catch your eye and on closer inspection of the area you will no doubt find a bunch of well camouflaged animals lying amongst the rocks. Then you need to move closer to take your shot, either shooting up or down from a vantage point, whichever suits the occasion. For bow hunters, the best is to hunt these animals in the drier regions of the country where they occur. During the heat of the day these animals come off the mountain to drink. Thus giving the bow hunter an opportunity to ambush them on their way to water or alternately taken from a blind overlooking the waterhole.
Why hunt Mountain Reedbuck?
Classified as a globally endangered species, these animals may require some rock climbing making for a challenging hunt. Being difficult to approach, they often make for a long shot testing your marksmanship and long distance shooting. They make impressive shoulder and pedestal mounts. They have great eyesight and will give a shrill whistle as an alarm call before bounding off, so you should never overlook the opportunity to collect a fine specimen when the opportunity arises.
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